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AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school


Superintendent Of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. Photo Courtesy Arizona Department Of Education

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Updated May 25: On Memorial Day, please set aside time to remember service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 16,561 today from 16,339 yesterday, and 806 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

As of today, 1.6 million Americans have had confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there have been 97,809 deaths in the United States.

In Maricopa County, there are 8,379 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,046 in Pima County, 1,543 in Navajo County, 1,028 in Coconino County, 754 in Pinal County, 288 in Yavapai County, 1,191 in Apache County, 656 in Yuma County, 319 in Mohave County, 59 in Cochise County, 186 in Santa Cruz County, 24 in Graham County, 51 in La Paz County, 24 in Gila County and 3 in Greenlee County.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-25-summary

Tomorrow, the Arizona Senate will meet to vote on bills and send them to the governor.

People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 6,130, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,245 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,590 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,313 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,321 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% in White/Non-Hispanic, 20% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Twenty-nine percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 40% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

Forty-two percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 16% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 806 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 320 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-25-Congregate-Settings

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 15,608 today from 15,315 yesterday, and 775 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 7,950 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,974 in Pima County, 1,470 in Navajo County, 979 in Coconino County, 749 in Pinal County, 284 in Yavapai County, 1,139 in Apache County, 492 in Yuma County, 288 in Mohave County, 56 in Cochise County, 131 in Santa Cruz County, 21 in Graham County, 48 in La Paz County, 24 in Gila County and 3 in Greenlee County.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-22-Summary

People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 6,130, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,245 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,590 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,313 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,321 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% in White/Non-Hispanic, 20% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-22-Confirmed-COVID-Cases

Thirty percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 40% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

Forty-two percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic. More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 775 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 312 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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And a quick reminder that campfires are banned Memorial Day weekend due to wildfire risks.

Updated May 21: The Arizona Department of Education releases COVID-19 public health guidance today to Arizona public schools as they make plans to use their facilities for summer programs and summer school.

“The Governor’s school closure declaration expires at the end of the current academic year in May,” Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said in the guidance. “Going forward, decisions regarding in-person use of facilities is a local control decision and we urge you to consider the public health guidance linked below as you make plans regarding use of your facilities beginning June, 1 2020.”

Click here for Arizona Department of Education’s COVID-19 update on summer programs and personal protective equipment.

The guidance includes making sure schools can provide their staff with “appropriate PPE materials to ensure their health and safety.”

The guidance includes U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations for opening schools.

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As well as their guidance on youth programs and camps.

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They also included the childcare guidance as well.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school Update-Childcare-guidance

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 15,315 today from 14,897 yesterday, and 763 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 7,835 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,944 in Pima County, 1,421 in Navajo County, 972 in Coconino County, 732 in Pinal County, 273 in Yavapai County, 1,121 in Apache County, 475 in Yuma County, 277 in Mohave County, 51 in Cochise County, 123 in Santa Cruz County, 21 in Graham County, 45 in La Paz County, 22 in Gila County and 3 in Greenlee County.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-21-Summary

People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 5,999, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,205 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,550 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,271 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,281 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-one percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% in White/Non-Hispanic, 19% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Thirty percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 40% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

Forty-one percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 21% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 763 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 310 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-21-Congregate-Settings

The Arizona SciTech Festival will host a virtual presentation about understanding COVID-19 developed for students in grades 6 through 12.

Dreamers are awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision before the end of the session in June.

Gov. Ducey congratulated Arizona’s graduates.

Tucson teachers at Carrillo Elementary send off students heading to middle school.

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Kyrene Schools congratulated their students who graduated this year.

Chandler Unified honored its graduates with more social media posts this week.

Dysart Unified celebrated middle school graduations today with drive-throughs.

Updated May 20: Gov. Doug Ducey talked about Arizona’s response to COVID-19 during a press conference today. View the video below.

“The focus for the last several weeks is that we stay healthy, return smarter and return stronger,” Gov. Ducey said. “I want to give you an update on where Arizona is today and what it looks like going forward.”

Arizona Dept. of Health Services video: COVID-19 news conference May 20, 2020

“Arizona’s plan is working, and we’re going to proceed with caution,” Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona wants to re-invigorate its economy and that means cleaning and sanitizing is important for businesses seeking to re-open, Gov. Ducey said.

The availability of childcare is key to Arizonans returning to work, so is providing funds to local communities to provide the most impact, Gov. Ducey said.

“Every decision we make in coming back will be informed by data,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Last week, I said to you that we were entering Phase 1, this week we remain safely and squarely in Phase 1,” Gov. Ducey said.

That means what Arizonans are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19 is working, Gov. Ducey said.

“Businesses can continue to re-open. We want to continue to practice social distancing. That’s what’s going to be important going forward so we can continue to return smarter and return stronger,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We are thinking ahead of what is next. Our goal is we want to open up summer camps, schools and youth activities so we are planning ahead, and all the evidence that we’ve seen over the last four or five weeks say that it is responsible and prudent to plan ahead for schools to resume school in the Fall,” Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona is going to continue to get back to business by phasing in activity slowly based on recommendations by the CDC and public health, Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said they have been helping long-term care facilities so that they can get all the personal protective gear they need and in their efforts to test all residents and employees.

Expect More Arizona is encouraging people to celebrate high school graduates and the entire Arizona Class of 2020 today, while COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Cienega High School graduating seniors took part in a car parade at Tucson Dragway earlier this week. Read all about it in this article by Danyelle Khmara with the Arizona Daily Star and photos by Rebecca Sasnett with Arizona Daily Star.

Dysart Unified eighth-graders took part in a graduation parade as well.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 14,897 today from 14,566 yesterday, and 747 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 7,644 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,903 in Pima County, 1,361 in Navajo County, 961 in Coconino County, 724 in Pinal County, 273 in Yavapai County, 1,080 in Apache County, 450 in Yuma County, 267 in Mohave County, 46 in Cochise County, 102 in Santa Cruz County, 21 in Graham County, 40 in La Paz County, 22 in Gila County and 3 in Greenlee County.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-20-summary

Businesses are re-opening in Arizona and around the nation, but just two states meet the White House’s criteria to do so, according to Meet the Press.

Ensuring childcare providers re-open is critical to letting people get back to work.

The Arizona House of Representatives met today to vote on several bills in committees and as a whole, after the Senate voted to adjourn on May 8th.

People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 5,826, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,140 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,484 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,218 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,221 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-one percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 22% in White/Non-Hispanic, 19% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Thirty percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 41% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-20-COVID-Daily-Cases

Forty-one percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 21% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 593 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-20-Deaths

There were 301 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school 5-20-Congregate-settings

Phoenix Sky Harbor visitors and employees will have to cover their noses and mouths starting June 1.

Social distancing has led to the cancellation of many live music performances, but there are ways promoters are finding to work around that.

The Centennial High School choir led by Cheryl Tucker was honored at the May noontime salute winner and given a $1,000 check to support their program.

Chandler Unified honored its graduating seniors with yearbook-style social media posts.

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